Lets look at how we can make Christmas Green:
- Try to make things you are good at and gift those instead of buying from shops. It’s a lot more cost effective, more thoughtful, creates a lot less waste and you will enjoy making them too.
- While you’re at it – make your own cards instead of buying them. If you can avoid them altogether and send e-greetings, that’s even better.
- Use fabric wrapping or totes instead of paper packaging. It’s a lot more sustainable.
- Avoid the bows and ribbons – they land up in the bin anyway.
- Think your gifting through. Make a list and shop only what you need!
- Don’t overdo it. One meaningful present is better than multiple useless ones.
- Recycle responsibly.
- Avoid having a real Christmas tree. There’s way too many of us and every year there’s way too many trees being cut. Even though the artificial trees are not the most sustainable option – but because they can be used year after year, it’s a lot better than cutting down thousands of trees each year!
- If you must have a real tree then choose a live – potted one that you can use year after year.
- Instead of buying plastic decorations, try decorating your home with natural / seasonal items. Maybe sew some of your own ornaments, carve a wooden reindeer or use spices and fruits to add the festive touch and seasonal aromas to your homes.
- Instead of ribbons add natural fabrics such as burlap, hemp or cotton.
- Don’t over do the lights. Look for LEDs which are more energy efficient and last you many more years as well.
- Instead of having all the lights on all through the night for a whole month (in many cases). Try putting them on an auto timer so they turn off at midnight.
- Buy food from local markets as opposed to super markets. These are not only fresh and seasonal but have no additional plastic packaging.
- Avoid using disposables. As convenient as it is – it’s also very damaging to our environment.
- Limit the number of dishes and drinks. It’s easier to host and less food ends up in the bins later.
- Speaking of binning, try to be mindful of your disposal eg. food waste for compost and leftover veggies for broth.
GIVE THIS CHRISTMAS
- Give someone the gift of charity. Make a donation in someones name.
- Host an event in your office or local community to raise funds for your chosen charity.
- Donate unwanted gifts or clothing to charities
- We end up with so much food post parties and it mostly goes in the bin. Share your leftover party food with local shelters – they will appreciate it.